Comments on: Pirates Notebook: McPherson Makes A Lasting Impression Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:08:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Lease Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:28:00 +0000 Exactamundo.

By: Lee Young Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:38:00 +0000 Yep…but as the posters on blogs love to say “I don’t want excuses, I want ballplayers”.

For all we know Sanchez’ shattered jaw is why his batting has been a disappointment? If he hits .250 and is a solid defensive catcher for years, will he be a success?

NO way to predict injuries, etc. I remember Bradley well. He had a monster curve!

As for JVB, he was lights out in AAA. Never could translate it to MLB.

White had some great secondary drafts (2-50). What he got from those rounds was pretty good. If those first rounders hadn’t failed, we might not be counting 20 years of misery.

By: Tim Williams Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:08:00 +0000 The first round picks seemed bad due to other factors.

Bradley was a top pitching prospect, but saw his career derailed due to injuries. A similar story with Burnett, although he’s turned in to a good reliever. That’s not exactly what you want from a high first round pick, but it’s better than nothing.

JVB was a great talent, but the questionable call there was making him a pitcher. He was considered one of the best hitting prospects in the draft.

By: Tim Williams Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:06:00 +0000 We also know the outcome of those drafts. We’re just now getting the true feel for those drafts about ten years after they happened. So it’s hard to compare those drafts, which are results, to the recent drafts, which are still largely based on projection.

By: Lee Young Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:59:00 +0000 He also drafted Jeff Keppinger on the 2001 3rd rd and Duffy on the 8th.

However, his 1st rd picks sucked. Bradley, Burnett and JVB. Now I know why they fired him…lol

By: Lee Young Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:32:00 +0000 According to Baseball Ref, he DID have a good run from 99-01.
He drafted Zach Duke, Ryan Doumit, Ian Snell, Nate McLouth, Chris Shelton, Sean Burnett, Jose Bautista and Chris Young within his three drafts.

Of course, outside of Jose B (we know HIS story), only Mclouth became an All Star. Doumit and Young (because of injuries) had some okay years, Snell had ONE year and Duke was well Duke. Burnett is a Loogy.

So…if he had had Mickey drafting for us, someone WE consider a good drafter, then would you rather have those aforementioned players or the promise of guys NH has drafted from 08-10?

Interesting debate.

By: Lee Young Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:27:00 +0000 I’d LOVE to see White’s overall success rate.

I’d also like to see how he did per draft. Esp since we’re considering him as a draft expert….just as a comparison.

By: Lee Young Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:25:00 +0000 I’m with you on that!

By: Lee Young Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:25:00 +0000 sorry to hear that….probably why NH never said it would take just 5 years. Only the media and fans did.

By: TonyPenaforHOF Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:46:00 +0000 I’m past accepting excuses. This isn’t a job in the basement of an institution. It’s a high performance, highly competitive, win or lose job. Either it works or it doesn’t.

I’m not just disappointed in the win loss record. I’m disappointed in the way its happening and why. After 5 years there are no excuses.